The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has chosen the winner of the National Anthem Contest — Franki Moscato of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. As the winner of the 10th annual National Anthem Contest, Moscato will sing the Star-Spangled Banner at the 2023 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans. Attendees will hear her during the Opening General Session as well as at the Friday night “Party Gras” concert.
“Farming has been part of my family’s history since before my ancestors arrived from Wales in 1857,” said Moscato. “It is an honor to be chosen to sing for an industry that means so much to me.”
“My great [times 7] grandfather came from Wales 165 years ago and purchased 200 acres of farm where all my relatives are buried in Ring. We were dairy farmers until only recent years but the land continues to be close to the vest. Wisconsin is home to 3.5 million cattle (1.7 $billion in cash receipts) but is shrinking. I want to be part of the solution,” wrote Moscato on her social accounts.
Moscato first sang the National Anthem at the age of 11, has performed at Lambeau Field and competed on the television show American Idol. She was cast in two feature films and a human trafficking documentary series used in schools across the nation. Moscato is actively engaged in her community as a hospital volunteer, and she created the Franki Moscato Foundation to fight the growing teen suicide epidemic. She inspires kids to recognize bullying and suicide awareness through regular school assembly performances and keynote presentations.
“My goal is to inspire people of all ages to try their best, to take risks and to do things that they otherwise wouldn’t attempt,” said Moscato.
As the winner of the contest, which sponsored by veterinary pharmaceutical company Norbrook, Moscato will receive roundtrip airfare to the convention New Orleans, hotel room for three nights, convention registration, a meet-and-greet hosted by Norbrook, plus a pair of boots, jeans, and a shirt from Roper or Stetson.
Online voting by the public determined the winner.